Bring It On: Fight To The Finish may initially have you thinking that you are in store for a generic plot driven by dance/cheer sequences and scantily clad 20 (Christina Milian is 27!!) somethings posing as high school teens. Well, basically you’d be right, but this entry in the series offers something a bit different. The story unfolds that cheer captain Lina (Christina Milian) is literally weeks away from turning her East LA squad into an "all star" contender which will give them the opportunity to compete at some ultra important event. Suddenly, her mothers marries some "fancy schmancy" rich lawyer from Malibu. Lina is whisked away to the land of plenty while all her friends tearily wave goodbye. Lina doesn’t initially fit in in Malibu and butts heads with just about the entire cast of this film at one point or another. Time, patience, a little understanding, and a mutual hatred for rival cheer captain Avery (Rachele Brooke Smith) brings Lina together with the Malibu squad of "fighting sea lions". With the help of her friends from back home, Lina and the lions take on Avery and her crew in a hip hop infused cheer battle that is one for the ages.
Ok, I know that these films sicken some of you, but something about Milian's charm just drew me in. The athletic prowess of some of these cheerleaders is quite impressive as well. Much respect can go to the very talented Tony Gonzales for his work on choreography. I was very interested to find out that no stunt doubles were used in the making of this film and all the actors learned how to do all the impressive moves. This fact makes everything so much more believable and easier to watch in my opinion. Milian plays her character well and I tended to wonder how much of it was actually her genuine personality and how much was acting.
One issue I have with this film is that they refuse to develop their characters. My opinion is that they just don’t care enough to do so. They seem to choose who they want to be important and dive into the stories of only those characters. Another tactic they use is to tease the viewer with just a taste of a possible storyline for a specific character and then never deliver. It wouldn’t be that hard to give me something more than age/sex/location for some of these individuals and I think it would add to the viewer's enjoyment of the various scenarios.
For its intended audience this film is basically a winner. Hot dance moves are showcased and a bumpin’ soundtrack featuring Christina Milian, The Veronicas, Kat DeLuna, and the long awaited (??) return of former B2K members Fizz and Boog (really?). They were last seen together in You Got Served. The movie serves its core audience well and in that aspect I will recommend it. If you are looking for depth, then don’t look here.
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